Kristy goes way back with cute bachelor boy

Zoo keeper Kristy Eriksen with Slater. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d414083
Zoo keeper Kristy Eriksen with Slater. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d414083

Slater, who turned three this month, has just arrived from Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary in Queensland and is the offspring of two koalas Ms Erikson helped raise.

‘He is a quiet boy and laidback, and loves to have his chest scratched,’ Ms Erikson said.

‘He also looks a lot like his parents.’

The young bachelor has been brought over to meet the zoo’s young female koala, Sage, in the hope they will breed. He has been given his own pad off-display where Sage will visit.

‘He has settled well to his new home and is enjoying the WA eucalyptus leaf, and I am sure is looking forward to meeting Sage,’ she said.

Hopes are high that the pair will hit it off and the zoo will hear the pitter-patter of baby koala paws soon.